NPA (SCQF Level 4)


1 year


07 Jun 2023
09 Jun 2023


  • Construction


  • Aberdeen Altens Campus
  • Fraserburgh Campus

Why take this course?

This course is aimed at pupils who are interested in working in the construction industry and recognises that many will not have the experience or the knowledge of the different trades to be able to make an informed choice for future studies or when considering Modern Apprenticeships. The course therefore involves a number of short units that allow pupils to try out and develop their skills across a range of trades. By completing this course you will be developing important skills to prepare you for undertaking additional training and qualifications when you leave school, or for entering suitable employment via a Modern Apprenticeship programme.

During this course you will:

  • Develop technical knowledge, skills and understanding associated with a range of craft skills in construction;
  • Develop an awareness of health and safety issues in construction;
  • Be encouraged to develop a positive attitude to environmental issues;
  • Develop and learn to apply practical, technical and communication skills as a basis for future learning and progression;
  • Develop employment skills that can assist with finding a job in the future.

What you will experience

Teaching will take the form of practical, hands-on activities in a workshop environment, combined with classroom-based theory lessons. Classes will take place in a workshop at the College’s Fraserburgh or Aberdeen Altens Campus.

This course is made up of five units, two of which are mandatory. These include:

  • The Construction Industry – An Introduction
  • Brick Work – An Introduction
  • Carpentry and Joinery – An Introduction
  • Painting and Decorating – An Introduction
  • Design Project

Throughout the course you will be offered an opportunity to review and identify how your skills are developing. You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • An interest in the Construction industry
  • Good timekeeping skills
  • A willingness and commitment to learning
  • A knowledge of appropriate dress, in particular Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Planning and preparation skills
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others
  • Problem-solving skills

To achieve the full qualification you must attend regularly and successfully complete all units. Assessment will be based on a range of practical activities in real or simulated workplace settings. Assessors will observe as you carry out tasks, and you will also complete a self-review and a folio.